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Women upset at being turned away from bingo game

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A dispute over a bingo game at a Baton Rouge senior center has led state officials to suggest the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging should implement sensitivity training for its staff. 

The Advocate reports the controversy stems from an incident May 2 in which four women complained about being denied an opportunity to play bingo at Dumas House Senior Center, as they had done every Thursday for more than a year. 

They say they were told they could not play because they had not attended programs at least three times that week. 

The complaint, submitted by the daughter-in-law of one of the women, charged the four were subjected to public humiliation. 

Karen Ryder, deputy assistant secretary at the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs, termed the event a "miscommunication." 

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